01/10/2013 01:04 pm ET

Hedgehog Cheerleaders Come To Puppy Bowl 2013


The Puppy Bowl just got EVEN cuter.

On February 3, game day, 63 puppies will compete for the title of MVP, Most Valuable Puppy. Animal Planet announced this week that viewers can expect the usual water bowl cam, kiss cam and an aerial view of the field shot from a blimp with hamster pilots.

But they’ve added something new to the sidelines: hedgehog cheerleaders. According to My Fox Philly, piglets and chickens have been cheerleaders in previous years.

Also new in 2013 is a hot tub for substitute players to soak in and an upgraded camera that provides better views of the puppies’ faces.

All the animals starring in the Puppy Bowl have come from rescue organizations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information on adoption, visit